Fidel Demands Gitmo Back

Former Cuban prez slams Obama over naval base, Mideast policy on web site
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 30, 2009 4:00 AM CST
A view of the Cuban border post opposite the US naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.    (Getty Images)
camera-icon View 2 more images

(Newser) – Fidel Castro is demanding that Barack Obama serve up a Guantanamo libre once the last US prisoner leaves, Reuters reports. Castro, posting on a Cuban government website, slammed as an "act of arrogance" Obama's comment that a giveback of Guantanamo would depend on US defense needs and might require Cuban concessions in return. The aging former president, who just last week lauded Obama as an "honest" man with "noble intentions," demanded the entire base be returned without conditions.